(As I find more pictures that remind me of my stories, I will add them to this gallery.)
Cutout from the painting Lady Godiva, by Edmund Blair Leighton.
Heléne, my heroine from Loyalty's Web, wore her pale gold hair in
one very long braid worn over her shoulder like this.
Samson, by Frederic Leighton
If you've watched the book trailer for Loyalty's Web, you will recognize this picture.
Rachel Rossano, an author friend of mine and the talented lady who made my trailer,
found this picture and used it to represent the Earl of Gunthar. I was unaware
of this painting's existence, but as soon as I saw it in the trailer, I said, "Yes!"
Lancelot Slays the Caitiff Knight Sir Tarquin, by Frank Cadogan Cowper
In Loyalty's Web, I describe a clearing in the woods where Heléne and Clothilde
and Therri and Etienne all played as children. Therri and Etienne pretended to be
valiant knights fighting to win the hand of the beautiful Clothilde, while Heléne
played Clothilde's lady-in-waiting. The people in this painting are not children,
but perhaps this is how Clothilde imagined it all in her young mind.
Illuminations of the Heart
Tristan and Isolde, by Edmund Blair Leighton.
Something in the sweetness of this woman's face makes me think of Siri in
Illuminations of the Heart. (Take the harp away, and the man could represent
my hero, Triston, when he and Siri sat in the garden.)
God Speed, by Edmund Blair Leighton
Mathilde tying her favor around Etienne's arm before the tournament
(even though her favor was a white ribbon, not a red scarf, in Dangerous Favor)
The Lady and the Minstrel
(coming in 2014)
(coming in 2014)
The Kiss, by Francesco Hayez
The first time I saw this, I thought of Robert and Marguerite's
first kiss in The Lady and the Minstrel
Stitching the Standard, by Edmund Blair Leighton
Marguerite spends a lot of time embroidering in The Lady and the Minstrel,
especially while Robert is off to war in France.
The Hostage, by Edmund Blair Leighton
This could be Marguerite gazing across the Channel,
wondering how much longer it will be until Robert comes back to her.